Sen, an aluumni of erstwhile Presidency College which has now developed into the Presidency University, discussed the influence and contributions of early 19th century poet Henry Louis Vivian Derozio in education and society.

"The general idea was to accept any kind of belief that comes from any side. Tolerance is a very great virtue and right now in India we need it very badly", Sen said.

"In addition to that, there is a need for skeptical tolerance which was one of the things Derozio had. He didn't have enmity for any group but questions for every group", he added.

Sen was conferred the D.Litt. (honoris causa) by the Presidency University here. Presidency University has its roots in the Hindu College, established in 1817.

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